Nga Hau Ngakau Ma¯ori art on show

Horowhenua Chronicle - - NEWS - By BRUCE FALLOON

The Nga Hau Ngakau Ma¯ ori art ex­hi­bi­tion has opened in Te Awa­hou Nieuwe St­room in Fox­ton.

The powhiri or wel­come was led by Hemi Te Peeti.

A tra­di­tional bless­ing for the whakakitenga or ex­hi­bi­tion was per­formed, af­ter which all the guests were in­vited into the ex­hibit room.

This was fol­lowed with speeches and the pre­sen­ta­tion of a paint­ing ti­tled Pin­gao, by artist Robin Slow, to Horowhenua Dis­trict Coun­cil. The paint­ing was re­ceived by Mayor Michael Feyen.

This ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures lu­mi­nous paint­ings, in­tri­cately carved taonga puoro and beau­ti­ful mu­sic which is wo­ven to­gether form­ing these ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­hibits, Nga Hau Ngakau (Breath of Mine).

These works of art are on tour around the coun­try and be­long to The Suter Art Gallery Te Ara­toi O Whakatu. Fox­ton is the first venue in the North Is­land to host this ex­hi­bi­tion.

It is a col­lab­o­ra­tive in­stal­la­tion of Ma¯ ori art be­tween Bob Bick­er­ton, Brian Flintoff, Robin Slow, Ari­ana Tikao, Holly Tikao – Weir and Solomon Rahui and ex­plores har­mony, mem­ory and sto­ry­telling us­ing paint­ing, sculp­ture and sound.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is a must see and avail­able to the pub­lic daily dur­ing nor­mal li­brary hours at Fox­ton un­til Fe­bru­ary 3.

Terry Hapi, Rev Canon Colleen Hen­der­son, Awhina Piki McFadyen, Awhina Anne Wat­son, Mayor Michael Feyen and Hemi Te Peeti.

Hemi Te Peeti led the Powhiri / wel­come.

Left to right, Carolyn Roberts — Thomp­son, Chrissie Locke, ex­hi­bi­tion ad­vi­sor Awhina Ta­ma­rapa, and War­ren War­brick.

Mayor Michael Feyen with Henare Kane (right) the paint­ing ti­tled Pin­gao.

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